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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleDuck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale

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557 Ratings

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 110
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 12-12-2006

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Ratings: 557 | Reviews: 344
Photo of ruckzuck
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at BSP. I was very glad to be there to inaugurate Duck Rabbit into GA.

A - deep red, off-white head

S - citrus, chocolate, roasted malt, hops

T - same as smell; really great; taste was really enjoyable at the pub; I love this beer!

M - medium body, nice carbonation

D - incredible! My notes from the pub say "should be illegal!" and that's probably about right. Duck Rabbit can do no wrong and I'm proud to have met the brewers tonight!

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of WorldWideStout
2.16/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a few ounces of this on tap around a month ago, but only remember that I found it to be too hoppy for an English-style barleywine. We shall see what the bottled version brings to the table.

A: Slightly redder than amber body that's fairly transparent. White head doesn't get much past one finger before receding with minimal lacing.

S: There's a sweetness right at the start, but it gives way to tropical, hoppy notes soon after. Odd for an english style. Alcohol phenols are also present.

T: Starts off alright, again with the sweetness, but things take a turn for the worse after this. Towards the middle some of that tropical hops flavor comes in, as well as hops bitterness, far too much of it for an english-style barleywine. Alcohol comes in at the middle as well, and dominates through the end, accompanied by a tingling, burning sensation in my mouth that I am not at all fond of. Aftertaste is alcohol and bitterness.

M: It could be worse I guess. I'd say that thicker would be better, but not with these flavors. Those burning pricks at the end of each sip don't help anything either.

D: I would have been more than happy to stop after a couple of sips.

Blech. I don't really understand why this isn't classified as an American-style barleywine - the hops are much more dominant than the malts. Regardless of which category it belongs in, this is a poor beer. I have a few more of these which I will age, but I'm not expecting great things. A very disappointing beer from a brewery I usually enjoy.

Photo of Neehan
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a dark amber-ruby with a large head and plenty of sticky retention. Very nice nose with citrusy fruits as well as more smooth, less pungent fruits. A nice smoky apple on the front. A damn smooth taste with well-hidden alcohol and warm, spicy undertones. A smoky cinnamon apple flavor with a dark, ever so slightly bitter aftertase. Very enjoyable. A chewy mouthfeel initially that becomes smooth and light on the finish. Very drinkable, especially for the style. Very impressive.

Photo of poopsmitherson
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of Alkey
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured a clear reddish orange color with lots of foam that made it hard to pour and leaves sticky foam around the glass.

Smell - sweet and fruity with a bit of alcohol.
Taste - some apple and peach with a mild bitterness and slight sour bite in the finish.
Feel - light bodied, sticky, some what dry, seemed a bit over carbonated from the pour but feels a bit flat.
Drinkability - an easy to drink brew, nothing to complex, lots of alcohol but fairly well hidden.

Photo of Shango42
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JasonA
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from marvin. Hopefully it will bring my Eers luck today vs UofL.

Pours a reddish carmel red. Looks more like a marzen except the head. Med thick, ample lacing. You can tell there is depth. Lots of bubbles, I gotta let this one breathe even though its at 50F.

Medium malt, carmel, piney hops. Smells more like a American BW. Mild ABV, but present.
Solid malt body, wine sweet, little hop character (back to english). Nice level of bitterness, almost ESB, though much sweeter. I bet this could drop to 60F and be just as smooth.

Creamy smooth. Well balanced, sits comfortably. Carbonation pretty high still, need to let cool a bit more.

Over all a great brew. Only downside could be carbonation level. As far as an English BW, this is an excellent example. Would def have again.

Photo of TheWillMitch
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of hellcatsjg
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby with a finger of tan head. Bit of lacing as you go.

Smell: Alcohol is prominent, along with some dark sweet fruitiness and a bit of malt.

Taste: Alcohol is big up front at the start of the glass, but as you go, the sweetness takes the first spot. Bit of oakiness and vanilla is present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body with low carbonation. Nice sweetness and alcohol lingers and there is a bit of warming as you go.

Drinkability: Nice barleywine. High ABV may limit what you can drink, as may the heaviness. Good beer and nice example of the style.

Photo of maketheheartglad
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of ottovon
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank to stoutfiend27 for this offering.

A: reddish brown, with an offwhite head.

S: a slightly metallic smell with toffee and some alcohol. burns the nose a bit.

T: caramel, roasted malt, and some alcohol.

M: medium body, with low carbonation. smooth drink.

D: it was a good offering and I could drink more of this.

Photo of Verecund
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jan10 (est.) release. Reviewed 11.17.2010.

Cloudy, nearly opaque isabelline. Almost headless, DR barleywine leaves faint lacing.

Dank, tangerine; brown sugar and caramel; honey; slightly muted citrus; dried apricots. Hot and heavy, she's rich and has depth, but smells a bit soft. (There's no date on the DR releases that I know of, but this must be the Dec09/Jan10 release.) NOTE: Re-review when fresh.

Soft citrus and fairly strong herbal hoppiness with a supporting sweet, bready, caramel malt backbone. Sweet toffee finishes, but most of the flavor profile is earthy, slightly citrusy hop meets a bready, caramel malt body.

Medium and somewhat creamy. A little bit of stickiness to it, which I like. Fairly dry midway through the palate all the way to the finish. Warming.

A nice fall/winter brew. I'll update my scores upon trying this one fresh. Not exactly what I look for in a barleywine, but I'd like to try it 1) fresh and 2) with a couple of years on it. Not the best, but not the worst, of the DR seasonals.

Photo of flyers1980
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mad Elf tulip glass after letting it sit about an hour or so out of the fridge. Aroma is very much like an IPA, which could fool you if you didn't know which beer was in front of you (but how often does that happen). Definitely much more full budied than Old Horizontal or the Appalachian Brewing Co. barleywine I've had (those are the only other two I've tried). Definitely a sipper but also incredibly drinkable for a beer of this style. A nice 6-ounce glass (or a whole 12-ounce bottle if you're me) make for a perfect aperitif before fish or chicken.

Photo of natasharai
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Lum who sent me this beer, who got it in a trade with cvstrickland!! Thanks you two! :-)

Appearance: Poured with a large smooth and creamy off white head, that dissipated slowly leaving some nice lacing on the top of my glass. The beer is clear with a pretty dark brownish orange color.

Smell: Sweet caramel and brown sugar, roasted nuts like pecans and walnuts, a grass or hay smell, and some sappy pine.

Taste: Sweet roasted pecans, nutty caramel, sweet pine, calms down to a toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, medium-thick body, pretty syrupy, nice and dry, then leaves mouth with a slightly dry slightly sticky clean feel.

Overall: GREAT drinkability, especially considering it is 11% ABV. The taste/moutfeel afterwards really leaves you wanting more. None of the flavors are overpowering. Nice sweet barleywine but also has a great hop character!! I really love this beer!!


Photo of gkatsoris
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly murky. Tan in color. Thin thin head.

S: Malts and raisins. Vanilla. Bread. Butterscotch. Slight citrus; tangerine.

T: Malty mostly. Really sweet and tangy. Pretty hoppy for a barleywine I think. Tangy.

M: Very nice. Full and thick. Nice coat left in the mouth.

O: A solid barleywine. A big barleywine.

thanks redliner8!!!

Photo of deepsouth
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured an amber color with no head. average looking barleywine. most seem to look like this.

the smell is bittersweet, hops and caramel. must be english style. it is....

the taste is bittersweet and tart and hoppy and leathery.

the mouthfeel is syrupy and a bit oily.

easy to drink, although it is a sipper.

Photo of Stargazer2892
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of mccallisters_dali
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of newk340
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a maroon mahogany reminiscent of a dark apple cider, crowned by a thin foam ring.

S: extremely sweet on the nose, full of tropical fruits, not unlike a fruit punch.

T: a cool tapestry of sweet fruits - mango, apple, and grapes. flavors swirl in the mouth but disappear with the swallow and don't linger.

MF/D: an initial sizzle of carbonation but leaves a dry heat in the back of the mouth. certainly a new take on the barleywine, but i'm glad i shared the bottle.

Photo of gdfan47
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a darkish brown with very little white head
S- booze, woah.. alot and hops of course, sugar... and not much else
T- very boozey, a touch of pine, def hops, a touch of malt, sugar
M- thick and syruppy
D- i mean its 11 percent and tastes it, if you are drinking this outside of your house just be carefuil

im not super super into barley wines yet

its good, but this doesnt hide the alcohol very well

Photo of scifan
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First things first this a gorgeous beer. It pours a very clear ruby amber color that almost glows when you hold it up to the light with a lovely off white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing along the glass.
The first couple of whiffs are alot of sweet malts, some nice sherry and port aromas, there are some hops in the background but they're way in the background.
The first sip reveals a lot of sweet malts. I'm getting some caramel, toffee,and just a hint of the 11% in there as well. There is alot more hop flavor than the nose would leave you to believe this isn't a malt bomb it's very balanced.
The carbonation is right on and coats the tongue very nicely kind of sticky. I'm finding this stuff goes down nice and easy I could put away a few on these in a sitting.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear ruby red with little to no head but a nice ring stuck around. Smelled of sweet malts with a hint of hops and some alcohol. There was a very sweet malt taste and what seems like pure sugar. There is a lot of hot alcohol which detracts from the sweetness and some sour hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was oily and the alcohol burned down the gullet. This one didn't impress me but I would like to see what it would be like after sitting for awhile downstairs.

Photo of srrn
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour yields a quickly diminishing head. Some nice laceing. Clear mahogony color. Typical Barleywine smell, I detect some carmel apple and malt, Sweet malt taste hits the palete first followed by citrus hops and warming from the alcohol. I really enjoy barleywines don't find them that complex but great for sipping and relaxing. Another winner from Duck Rabbit.

Photo of semibaked
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a very cloudy dark brown with about a half an inch of orange/brown head. Tons of great lacing appears throughout drinking.

S - Sweet malts, raisins, toast, and a touch of orange.

T - Kind of an Orange Peel bitterness dominates plus hop bitterness, orange, raisins, and malts.

M - Oily and slick, some resin too.

D - This is a let down, it smelled good but the taste is just too bitter for me. I wish more of the other flavors could come through, but it isn't terrible either. Worth a try.

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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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